Employment Drought Continues For People With Disabilities
An increasing number of people with disabilities were unemployed in October, the Labor Department said Friday.
Unemployment grew to 16.5 percent among people with disabilities in October compared to 16.2 percent the month prior. These numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
The news comes as as unemployment among the general population topped 10 percent for the first time in more than two decades.
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On a positive note, unemployment for people with disabilities did not reach the record level seen in August of 16.9 percent. However, that could be merely because fewer people are looking for work.
The Department of Labor began tracking employment for people with disabilities in October 2008. The data covers people with disabilities over the age of 16 who do not live in institutions. The first employment report specific to this population was made available in February. Now, reports are released monthly.